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From hero to zero: how commercialism ruined community radio in Flanders

Tom Evens (UGent) and Laurence Hauttekeete (UGent)
(2009) THE RADIO JOURNAL (BRISTOL). 6(2-3). p.95-112
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In this article, we analyze to what degree a situation of ruinous competition or commercialism affects the economic viability of local radio in Flanders and its duty to supply societal diversity. By examining evidence from both quantitative and qualitative survey approaches, we found that many idealistic, non-commercial stations were pushed out of the market by the rise of large-scale networks and that the overall financial performance of these stations has dramatically deteriorated. Furthermore, the ongoing competition for listeners has driven stations to a market conformity approach leading to similar programming strategies and to shrink local content. With structural handicaps challenging local radio's viability, we aim to formulate some major recommendations for the reorganization of local broadcasting to strengthen both its economical and societal value.
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diversity, Flanders, localism, community radio, viability

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Evens, Tom, and Laurence Hauttekeete. “From Hero to Zero: How Commercialism Ruined Community Radio in Flanders.” THE RADIO JOURNAL (BRISTOL) 6.2-3 (2009): 95–112. Print.
APA
Evens, T., & Hauttekeete, L. (2009). From hero to zero: how commercialism ruined community radio in Flanders. THE RADIO JOURNAL (BRISTOL), 6(2-3), 95–112.
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Evens, Tom, and Laurence Hauttekeete. 2009. “From Hero to Zero: How Commercialism Ruined Community Radio in Flanders.” The Radio Journal (bristol) 6 (2-3): 95–112.
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Evens, Tom, and Laurence Hauttekeete. 2009. “From Hero to Zero: How Commercialism Ruined Community Radio in Flanders.” The Radio Journal (bristol) 6 (2-3): 95–112.
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Evens T, Hauttekeete L. From hero to zero: how commercialism ruined community radio in Flanders. THE RADIO JOURNAL (BRISTOL). 2009;6(2-3):95–112.
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T. Evens and L. Hauttekeete, “From hero to zero: how commercialism ruined community radio in Flanders,” THE RADIO JOURNAL (BRISTOL), vol. 6, no. 2–3, pp. 95–112, 2009.
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  title        = {From hero to zero: how commercialism ruined community radio in Flanders},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/rajo.6.2-3.95/1},
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